Monkry Sholk means “wet silk” and is a wonderful fabric that resists wrinkles so well that it’s virtually wrinkle-free. It’s 100% natural silk from Russia and wears magnificently as a stand-alone cassock for everyday use, or under formal vestments. It’s light and great for summertime use. Be careful with incense ashes and flames at Church because it can damage this fabric in less than a second. the example on the left is a green, Greek-style orthodox liturgical cassock with green silk embroidery.
Our poly-cotton is our most affordable fabric, and it’s also the most durable. It’s about 50/50 poly/cotton, respectively, and is a great winter-time material for a cassock due to it’s heavy nature. Although it’s not recommended for summertime, it can be used in Spring and/or Fall comfortably. If you’re on a budget, this could be the fabric for you. The example on the left is using black, silk embroidery with the poly-cotton fabric.
Melanzh is cotton-poly blend but the ratio is much different; it’s almost entirely cotton. It’s a 89/11 ratio, cotton-to-poly respectively which gives it enough breathability to keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. It’s extremely durable and will give you years of service regardless of the climate. Clergy is Russian and the Ukraine wear this as well as clergy in Hawaii. You’ll want to iron this material often as it has a tendency to wrinkle, but once ironed, it’s not easy to cause creases. This type of cassock fabric is great for new clergy too. The example cassock on the left is made in melanzh and has minimal silk embroidery.
Viskose is a synthetic silk and is our premium fabric that should only be chosen if you want the best. Light and comfortable, yet strong and durable, this fabric encompasses the entire spectrum of cassock necessities. This fabric lasts a lifetime and can withstand adjustments in the material very well. The thread count is extremely high, giving viskoza our highest stamp of approval. It’s a must-have. The cassock on the left is a Greek-style cassock with blue, silk embroidery around the sleeves and cuffs.
Titanic is a word that means “huge” and this fabric definitely carries the name well. This cassock material is very popular in Russian and is mainly an Eastern-European fabric. It’s synthetic and feels exactly like a rayon-silk blend. Each individual thread is encased in another group of threads which gives this fabric a “shine” that cannot be rivaled by other fabrics. The cassock on the left is a Russian-style cassock that has an additional silk lining inside that keeps the clergy member warm in the winter, but it’s not uncomfortable at all in the summer months. This is one of our favorite fabrics.
Silk needs no formal introduction of it’s own. If you’ve ever worn 100% all-natural silk next to your skin, then you know how God’s little creations can produce the best naturally-occurring fabric known to man. Silk is lightweight, yet super-strong. It’s great for cassocks because when a clergy member serves, it doesn’t get in the way and doesn’t bog down while serving. The cassock on the left is a white, Russian Old-Believer style with hand embroidery along the front seam with full-length buttons.
Twill is a type of textile weave with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs (in contrast with a satin and plain weave). Technically, a cassock that is twill can be made with any specific fabric that you like. However, we only use a cotton-poly blend for our twill cassocks. It is used exclusively for our outer-cassocks or riassas. The example on the left is a twill, black Greek-style riassa cassock with an additional silk liner to give it a more solid structure. It’s the best fabric for riassas on the market.
Wool is a wonderful naturally-occurring fiber that gets a little coaxing from Mankind. Once it’s spun into thread and woven, it creates the best fabric to use for clothing especially when you want to keep warm and dry. We use a lot of wools in our outer-cassocks (riassas). Outer-cassocks should be slightly thicker than inner-cassocks and provide a level of protection against the elements.